The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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In this groundbreaking book, Covey presents a principle-centered approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness. He argues that true success lies not in quick fixes or superficial changes, but in cultivating our character and aligning our actions with timeless principles.

The Character Ethic vs. the Personality Ethic

Covey contrasts two historical paradigms of success. Before World War I, success was attributed to ethics of character—qualities like humility, integrity, and courage. However, after the war, the focus shifted to the “Personality Ethic,” emphasizing public image, behaviors, and skills. Covey advocates a return to the deeper “Character Ethic,” rooted in enduring principles.

The Seven Habits

These habits form the core of Covey’s philosophy. They guide us from dependence to independence and ultimately to interdependence—the highest level of effectiveness. Let’s explore each habit:

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Take responsibility for your life.

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